GWU Students Put on Alert After Crime Spike

Weekend purse snatching incident caps more than a dozen robberies in area

By Megan McGrath and Asha Beh
|  Monday, Aug 31, 2009  |  Updated 11:06 AM EDT
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Robberies Near GW Are "Terrible": Student

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Recent robberies in the GWU area have included large groups of people attacking a lone victim in the streets.

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Robberies Near GW Are "Terrible": Student

GWU students are being asked to be extra careful after a spike in violent crime in the area, and that bothers some.
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Students at George Washington University are being warned today about a spike in violent crime in the neighborhood after a woman's purse was snatched off her shoulder at 21st and L Streets, NW, this weekend 

The purse snatching incident caps more than a dozen robberies in the area since May.  Although none of the incidents have taken place on campus, some of them have involved GWU students, police said. 

The robberies have also included large groups of people attacking a lone victim in the streets, according to officials.

DC Councilman Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) told NBCWashington that he's spoken with police, who said they are going to step up patrols and add more undercover security officers to the neighborhood.  

In the meantime, police are reminding students to always travel in pairs or groups, especially at night.

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